Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Place Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art schizophrenia treatment center serving the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
Learn More About Schizophrenia Treatment at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital
Schizophrenia is a serious and debilitating mental health disorder. When a person is suffering from schizophrenia, he or she will likely experience chronic bouts of psychosis and struggle to perceive and interpret the world around him or her. Hallucinations and delusions are common for people with schizophrenia, and they can have a grave impact on their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.
However, people who are battling schizophrenia do not have to continue to suffer. Comprehensive care is available that can help them to stabilize and resume healthy and proper functioning.
At River Place Behavioral Health, we treat all people who are entrusted into our care with the respect and dignity that they deserve. People with schizophrenia often struggle with negative feelings of self-worth. It is our mission not only to help them overcome their symptoms, but also to rebuild their self-esteem and understand their importance.
By receiving care at River Place Behavioral Health, those who are suffering from schizophrenia will learn the tools they need to not only recover, but also to rebuild a healthy and happy life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment for Schizophrenia
If you have a family member or loved one who has schizophrenia, you are likely already aware of the significant strife that this disorder can elicit. Your life may already be consumed by trying to help your loved one, and you may feel helpless as to what else you can do. Or, your loved one may have just begun showing signs of schizophrenia and you may be hoping to get him or her help as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to help your loved one during this critical time. The following are some examples:
- Gain a thorough understanding of schizophrenia. It is important for you to know the signs, symptoms, and effects that can arise as a result of this condition.
- Research treatment centers that offer specialized programming options for individuals who are suffering from schizophrenia. This is a complex disease that needs complex treatment solutions. Treatment centers that specifically provide care for schizophrenia will likely be of the most benefit to your loved one.
- Reach out to other important people in your and your loved one’s lives. It is important that you have the support you need as you work towards intervening on your loved one’s behalf.
- Talk to your loved one. Wait to have this conversation until he or she is in a place of mental clarity. Explain your concerns and allow him or her to express his or her own feelings, fears, and apprehensions.
- Once your loved one enters treatment, it is imperative that you remain a constant presence. If he or she feels as though he or she was abandoned, it can have a monumentally negative effect on the therapeutic process.
- Attend family therapy sessions when offered, remain dedicated to calling and checking on your loved one frequently, and help him or her with any daily tasks or responsibilities at home so that he or she can remain focused on treatment.
Please note that if your loved one is in an active state of psychosis, is having hallucinations, or is threatening to harm him or herself or others, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Why Consider Treatment for Schizophrenia at River Place Behavioral Health
The effects of untreated schizophrenia can be severe. An individual’s mental, physical, and social wellbeing can be negatively affected in a number of ways.
As hallucinations, delusions, and other symptoms of psychosis take hold, your loved one may begin acting in ways that do not make sense. He or she may possibly even act in ways that cause fear in those around him or her. This can cause relationships to deteriorate and force the individual into a place of isolation.
Because those with schizophrenia struggle with proper functioning, their ability to perform at work or school can be greatly hindered, ultimately resulting in job loss or academic failure. Chronic unemployment, financial ruin, and homelessness may also occur when schizophrenia remains untreated.
Furthermore, individuals with schizophrenia frequently suffer from suicidal ideation, abuse drugs and/or alcohol, and attempt to end their own lives. For these reasons and more, it is imperative to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia at River Place Behavioral Health
When you or your loved one enters inpatient treatment for schizophrenia at River Place Behavioral Health, you can expect to receive comprehensive services that have been customized according to your or your loved one’s specific needs, and that are provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Our state-of-the-art treatment center in LaPlace, Louisiana features specialized treatment tracks for adolescents, adults, and senior adults whose lives have been impacted by mental and/or behavioral health concerns. Our age-appropriate services address the unique ways that members of these demographic groups are impacted by mental and behavioral health disorders, and are provided in a manner that is best suited to the developmental levels of our patients.
Age is just one of many factors that we consider when developing personalized treatment plans for each individual who heals with us. One of your first experiences at River Place will be to complete a thorough assessment. This will enable the members of your treatment team to identify the therapeutic elements that will best help you to achieve true and lasting healing from the effects of schizophrenia.
Based upon that assessment and an ongoing evaluation of your progress while in our care, your personalized treatment plan may include the following features:
Medical care: Internal medicine clinicians, including advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and other members of our nursing staff, are available to meet with you on a daily basis throughout your stay at River Place. These professionals are prepared to provide a variety of medical services, including symptom management, medication management, and stabilization.
Medication management: As noted in the previous paragraph, our clinicians are available for medication management services as needed. During your initial assessment, or at any other time while you are in treatment for schizophrenia, you may be prescribed certain medications to help ease symptoms and promote recovery.
If prescription medications are included in your personal treatment plan, we will closely monitor the effects of these medications throughout your time in our care, and make all necessary adjustments to ensure you are receiving maximum benefit.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions with an experienced professional such as a social worker or counselor can help you to process successes and setbacks that occur while you are in treatment for schizophrenia, as well as to address issues that you may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting. At River Place, we can schedule individual therapy sessions for you on an as-needed basis throughout your time in our care.
Group therapy: While you are healing from schizophrenia at River Place, you will have the opportunity to participate in daily group therapy sessions. Featuring the guidance and supervision of nurses, counselors, social workers, and other professionals, group sessions are excellent forums in which to share your experiences, learn from the insights of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills.
Our groups focus on a variety of topics that are relevant to your treatment and recovery, such as the following:
- Self-esteem building
- Daily living skills
- Life management
- Coping skills
Family therapy: Your loved ones may have also been impacted by your struggles with schizophrenia, and they can play a significant role in supporting your recovery during and after your time in treatment at River Place. Family therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive environment in which you and your loved ones can address how you all have been affected by your mental health challenges, can resolve any rifts or conflicts, and can learn to function as a healthier unit. Family therapy sessions at River Place may be led by social workers, counselors, or a psychiatrist.
Experiential therapies: In addition to traditional individual and group therapy sessions, River Place also offers a variety of experiential therapies to men and women who are being treated for schizophrenia. Depending upon your needs and treatment goals, you may participate in art therapy, music therapy, movement/exercise therapy, or other types of experiential activities while in our care.
Benefits of experiential therapy include discovering new ways to express your emotions, learning to manage symptoms more effectively, addressing issues related to your mental health struggles in a more productive manner, and developing healthier coping skills.
Continuing Care After Inpatient Treatment for Schizophrenia
At River Place Behavioral Health, we understand that your time in treatment with us will be just one part of your recovery journey. For this reason, from the day you arrive at our center we will work to prepare you for continued success after you have transitioned out of our care.
While you are in our inpatient program, you will achieve stabilization and will begin to develop skills for managing the symptoms of schizophrenia. One of the many essential benefits of inpatient care at River Place is that you can focus on your health without being exposed to the stresses, pressures, and distractions of daily life.
Our detailed discharge planning process ensures that when you are ready to once again face those challenges, you will have the support that you need to resist relapse and continue to progress in your healing. When you leave River Place, you will have recommendations and referrals for the outpatient programs, community-based support groups, and other resources that will be of greatest assistance to you as you continue to work toward your long-term goals.
To learn more about inpatient treatment for schizophrenia at River Place Behavioral Health, or for additional information about any aspect of our programming, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. A knowledgeable and friendly member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if River Place has the solutions that you have been searching for.